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Mouse-Based Interface Providing Keyboard Functions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117956D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Serini, A: AUTHOR

Abstract

Most graphical user interfaces allow the user to perform certain operations in an intuitive way using a combination of mouse buttons and shift keys. These operations can usually be performed in other ways (i.e., using only the keyboard or only the mouse) but these alternatives are generally less intuitive and slower to execute than the keyboard-mouse combination.

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Mouse-Based Interface Providing Keyboard Functions

      Most graphical user interfaces allow the user to perform
certain operations in an intuitive way using a combination of mouse
buttons and shift keys.  These operations can usually be performed in
other ways (i.e., using only the keyboard or only the mouse) but
these alternatives are generally less intuitive and slower to execute
than the keyboard-mouse combination.

      The described interface permits operations to be performed
using the intuitive keyboard-mouse approach but physically using the
mouse, therefore involving only one hand in the execution of the
action.

      This is achieved by providing a graphical representation of
certain keys on the computer screen and allowing the user to toggle
the activation of a specific key via the click of the mouse pointer
on screen area representing the key.

      An example of the improvement that can be achieved in a current
graphical user interface is provided by the OS/2 Warp* desktop and
the operation of renaming an object on the desktop.  Currently the
operation can be performed either by (A) opening the settings
notebook of the object (this is a two or three step process) and
typing the new name, or (B) pressing the ALT key and at the same time
clicking on the object icon with the button.

      (B) is simpler and faster but it requires the use of both
hands.  Using the improved interface (B) is achieved by clicking with
the mouse pointer on...